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The Pink Tide in Latin America

Dec 31, 2013 | in Featured Articles, Latin America, News

The Pink Tide in Latin America

When I first heard the term “pink tide,” I wasn’t sure if we were talking about some form of red tide, caused by high concentrations of a microscopic marine algae, or some variation thereof. It was a term that was new to me. As it turns out, pink tide is a phrase that has become mainstream and has gained wide acceptance in the past few years. The term pink tide was first used by the media in describing leftist ideology and left-wing politics. The left wing is usually associated with the radical, reformist, or socialist section of a...

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Water problems in Latin America

Dec 19, 2013 | in Featured Articles, Latin America, News

Water problems in Latin America

Nearly 36 million people in Latin America, according to the United Nations, live without clean, safe drinking water. This figure, however, is actually deceiving as, by United Nations standards, water that’s being piped into people’s homes is regarded as clean, safe drinking water. However, this assumption is not entirely true. Millions of Latin Americans with piped water don’t drink their tap water because it contains pollutants which can cause illness. Take, for example, portions of Mexico City. According to the David Rockefeller Center...

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Negotiating in Argentina

Dec 17, 2013 | in Featured Articles, Latin America, News

Negotiating in Argentina

One would normally believe that negotiating in one country in Latin America would be the same as negotiating in another. However, while that may be somewhat true, each country in Latin America views negotiating a little differently, and these subtleties can make the difference between success and failure at the negotiating table. Argentina is one of those countries. Below are the components of the Argentinian negotiating style. Decisions are generally made by consensus. Sharing some similarities with Chinese decision-making, Argentinian...

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Smoking in Latin American

Dec 12, 2013 | in Featured Articles, Latin America, News

Smoking in Latin American

“Only Satan can grant the faculty of expelling smoke through the mouth,” according to The Economist, this quote came from the Spanish Inquisition in imprisoning Rodrigo de Jerez, one of Columbus’s sailors, who was the first person to bring tobacco to Europe. Prior to the 1960s, smoking in Latin America was an accepted, and even expected, part of everyday life. People smoked in movie theaters, at funerals, baptisms, and even in maternity wards. That changed when the U.S. Surgeon General issued a report on the effects of smoking on one’s...

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La República

Dec 2, 2013 | in Featured Articles, Latin America, News

La República

I will soon be writing a column for La República, Costa Rica’s business newspaper, with an attorney friend of mine, Vicente Lines. Vicente works with Costa Rica’s largest law firm, Arias & Muñoz and, besides writing these articles with me, he and I are both working together on various projects in Costa Rica. Fred Blaser and Rosemary Engels, co-chairs of La República, have asked us to write on various subjects relative to China’s involvement and relationship with Latin America and Costa Rica. These articles will be in Spanish, but...

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The Pan-American Highway

Nov 12, 2013 | in Featured Articles, Latin America, Mexico, News

The Pan-American Highway

Most of us have heard of the Pan American Highway, and may have even driven on portions without even realizing it, myself included. In fact, we have an office in Monterrey, Mexico and, until recently, I didn’t realize that the Pan American Highway passed through this city. But the Pan American Highway is 30,000 miles in length and, except for a rainforest break of approximately 60 miles, extends from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska to Ushuaia, Argentina. According to Guinness World Records, it’s the longest “motorable road” in the world. However,...

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The Panama Hat

Sep 17, 2013 | in Featured Articles, Latin America, News, North America

The Panama Hat

If you’ve been to Florida, where I live, you frequently see people wearing Panama hats. These hats are usually light-colored, lightweight, and stylish. They’re wide-brimmed, breathable, and are ideal to protect the wearer from the tropical sun. However, Panama hats did not originate in Panama. They actually originated in Ecuador! Let me explain how that happened. Panama hats were originally made in Ecuador, at least as far back as the seventeenth century, from the plaited leaves of the toquilla palm. Europeans and North Americans, who were...

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Negotiating in Brazil

Jun 27, 2013 | in Brazil, Brazil, Featured Articles, Latin America, News

Negotiating in Brazil

When negotiating, every venue is unique. Every country is different and offers its own set of challenges. My partner Dave Dodge and I first started negotiating with Brazilian companies nearly a decade and a half ago. Since that time we’ve learned quite a bit about Brazilian negotiations and what it takes to be successful in conducting business there. Here’s a few of our insights. Business is done among those who know each other: Business in Brazil is normally done only among those who know and trust each other. Consequently it’s...

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Latin American Business Etiquette

Jun 25, 2013 | in Latin America, News

Latin American Business Etiquette

Etiquette in many parts of the world is foreign to Americans. We haven’t had the long cultural history of Asia, Europe, or Latin American in interacting with various cultures, and thereby understanding the business etiquette prevalent there. Now, with global business dealings being more the norm rather than the exception, Americans are finding themselves at a disadvantage when conducting business in these countries as their etiquette and cultural norms are unfamiliar to them. My partner Dave Dodge and I started working with countries in...

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